A Walk on the High Line

       The High Line is a park on the West Side of Manhattan, built on a deserted elevated freight rail line from the 1930s.  The original freight line was built to remove the then-dangerous freight trains from the streets below.  In fact, the last train ran on the line in 1980. 

       The first section of the High Line – between Gansevoort and 20th Streets – opened in the summer of 2009, and the extension to 34th Street will complete the project.  The landscaping was designed to complement the natural growth that appeared after that final train passed, and includes many of the rails.  Even some of the benches have wheels that are mounted on the rails. 

       My wife and I were in Manhattan this past weekend, and we took advantage of the early Spring weather by taking a walk on the High Line.  It is truly a pedestrian walkway, as pets, bicycles, skateboards, and skates are not allowed to enter.  That gives it a quiet peacefulness with some good views on both sides.  A recent addition is A Bell for Every Minute by artist Stephen Vitiello.  But more about that later this week.  The High Line is certainly worth a visit!  

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out! 

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer



My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction) 

Nathan Hale


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